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40 Years Old 5 Children a Very Much Needed Tummy Tuck!!! - New Haven, CT

So I am super I am so excited I have been wanting...

So I am super I am so excited I have been wanting a tummy tuck for a very long time my first pregnancy at 19 stretch marks came quickly early on in my pregnancy. I had 4 more children several years after that. I have had an ugly belly for 21 years. This is a long time coming!!! I am going to update this very often. My consult is Friday and the surgeon. I am meeting with I am doing the procedure with. I am extremely excited I was told he could do the procedure anytime between the 10-24 of march I am hoping for the 10 the sooner the better!!! Friday is going to be a formality just for him to take a look and for me to nail down a date I will post the before pics then or day before surgery. My goal is to have daily posts to update my progress from day of the procedure and after to help CT. Hopefully after appointment Friday it will be a short countdown to surgery!!!!

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Very happy for you. Welcome to RS.
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Good luck girl! Looking forward to seeing your pics :)
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How awesome. I am just shy of 4 weeks post surgery I'm 48 and it was the best decision I ever made
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1 more day to go for consult!!!

Saving for a really long time!!! I am also going to discuss with the surgeon swapping my old implants for silicone and smaller I am hoping I can afford this too!!! Fingers crossed if I do my boobs It will be a full mommy makeover . I know he will have to do a lift since my current implants are large!!! My boobs got bigger after my last 4 babies and no longer want to be a DD when I got them 18 years ago they were d's want to go with a full C !!! I really hope I can afford the extra cost!!! I will update after consult Friday!!!!

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Surgery scheduled Yay!!!

March 5 surgery date I can not wait super scared I will update after!!!

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Surgery success!!!

I am awAke right now pain meds and emptying drains. Surgery went well yesterday I was nervous about anesthesia and it went perfectly. I can not wait to see my belly I see how flat it is but I am all bandaged up so I just can not see nervous about that!!! I can not wait to do my breasts in 2 months doc could not do mine because they have to remove old implant do a lift move nipples and place new silcone in. Once this is done I will be a shiny new Mercedes!!! I am not in an enormous amount of pain it feels like I had another c-section we will see tomorrow how pain goes!!!

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Redmen, you rock! Can't wait to see your new pics. I am cheering you on too!
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Food for you I already can not wait to get the drains out but I know the importance of them!! My husband freaked over them he is a baby and can not handle that part!! Lol
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Congrats!!!!
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Day 3 post oP almost over

In a lot more. Pain today pay from the muscle repar and feeling really emotional!!! I am bandaged up girdle will go on me on Monday. Bandages are covering a lot but I could still see some stretch marks and I am freaking out over it. Really sad about jt

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Thanks so much. I have had a hard day today very emotional and muscle pain. Your support is awesome!!! Unfortunately for me my husband has not been very supportive about the whole thing and this is part of the reason of my emotion. My other problem is I dropped most of my percocets on the floor and I can not find them and now I only have 2 left. I am seeing. The dr Tomorrow and believe me I am not looking for more drugs I do not even drink alcohol but given the pain of this surgery I know how important it is in taking them and the muscle relaxers as well cross your finger for me that he gives me a little more I do not need a full prescription . Thanks again for the support :)
Dear RSFriend, just hang there a couple more days. Based on all the reviews we've read on here, it seems the 3-5 days post op hits everyone hard with depression, unexpected pain, boredom, excessive tiredness, etc. YOU WILL BE FINE in a few more days, and YOU WILL LOOK BACK and KNOW it is worth it. I won't have a husband or friend to help me out at all. Fortunately, I only have one child, and he is 16, so I've told him "sorta" what to expect, not the gory details or about drains, etc., but enough to let him know I may need help. I have scheduled mine on the April 16, which will be right before the long Easter weekend, so he'll be mostly home to help me. Also, I'll spend the first night in the hospital (extra $900 bucks), but I don't want him to deal with me the first night...lol!! Take care and keep us posted!!
Thank u I ca not wait to see either I still am able to see a couple of marks amd I am kinda freaking about it

Day 7

I still can not post pics taking this girdle off is torturous and my dr will not allow me to shower until drains come out. When I went yesterday for my post op i should have asked for him to take pics with my phone. Sorry everyone. I have to say when bandages came off belly looked great but was kind of distorted because of swelling it was strange but apparently normal. I am having 2 really difficult days since girdle went on. My dr does not place the girdle in the OR the girdle is placed on your first post op visit. So these karst 2 days especially today the top part under my breast my muscle hurts bad!! Any way hopefully I will update sooner thanks everyone ;)

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No pic yet

I have to appoligize to everyone I am afraid to take my girdle off I tried and it looked scary and I am freaking out I hope that is normal this is why no pic I do have a pic prior to girdle going on with bandages on and I will upload those right now I also have to say I am surprised that yesterday was the hardest recovery day I had I do not know if it s because girdle came on on my post op visit I dunno. So scared just want a pretty belly and thank all of you for the support you are awesome!!!

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Thanks again do you think I am going to be ok when doc removed bandages the swelling was all over the place it was a little creepy but at the same time I could not believe almost every mark was gone with the exception of a few. I go back Monday to remove drains and I am sooooooo emotional
Since I haven't had my tt yet, most every review I read sounds so "consistently normal" about swell and all of us seem to be nervous about the drain removal, etc. My goal for me is to "try to remember" what other ladies go through, so I can use their experiences to remind me "it is normal and OK to look or feel a certain way" during the first few weeks! Therefore, if you are emotional, then it is really OK to feel that way because it is normal :-) I hope that makes sense or helps you feel better!
Redmen, another thought for you. I personally am not an emotional person regarding surgery in general, so I do not expect to feel emotional. However, so many ladies do get emotional. If I get that way, I am not going to like either, but again, I will try to remember is seems to be normal :-) Then, I am going to reach out to YOU to help me feel better!!!

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Here is a pic on day 8 I am still very swollen and I just do not understand why and still have quite a few stretch marks and I did not think I would have them

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Belly was flatter without garment

Any suggestions on a better garment

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I will help u for sure!!! I am not an emotional person either and reading all these brave ladies getting emotional was surprising when I got so emotional!!! I am here for u 100%
Thank you so much ;) happy to say he has stepped up thank god thanks for the support imam just still praying my result looks better soon I have that extra scar according to the surgeon in order to keep the large incision low that was necessary. Oh course I am now emotional about that see above my belly button there was no tissue for them to really work with I was flat there. Anyway thank ps for the support

Yay!!!! Having a great day!!!

I am thrilled that this site is a wealth of support of such amazing strong women that I admire greatly!!! Anyway the garment I was wearing was an absolute to torture device that I believe was causing more swelling so I researched and found design Veronique awesome company!!!!!! Yesterday I called them told this amazing person what I was dealing with I took my measurements and she recommended the non zippered torso brief since I was already post surgery had I called prior to surgery she would have recommended the zippered torso brief. Well anyway I was surprised given I wear an xsmall to a small in all my clothing she recommended a large. I was obviously swollen extremely when measurements taken however she also explained there sizing is not at all like standard clothing sizing. Anyway I received the garment this morning mind you I still have drains in so I was nervous about that I placed the garment on and omg obviously it is snug as it should be to get the swelling down but so comfy I am so happy beyond words. In a few weeks I will have to go down a size to continue having the swelling go down and that is fine for me. I am going to post a pic of the one that I hated and the new one I love to give you all an idea!! I bought a black one and I between the bustling is a really pretty rose I will add that pic too

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I just wanted to say I just had the opportunity of looking at your pic snd your belly is sensational I wish I had a result like yours you do not have any stretch marks on your belly at all that is awesome and u look awesome!! My only hope is that when my swelling goes down that maybe my marks will move a bit lower. I really pray that happens I am still pretty swollen my dr is having me use wash cloths folded under my garment against my belly to help with the swelling. I am happy I did this and know once the healing process is complete everything will look much better!! I re read your comment to me about the support of my husband unfortunate he was never on board with me doing the surgery and it has caused a bit of tension just today we argued about it he just does not get it and understand I carried 5 babies and frankly deserved it as any mom who was unfortunate to get an ugly belly after having there miracles!! Anyway thanks again Monday I had my first drain out so weird and glad to have out the one on my left was really bothering me. Thursday my dr took the 2nd one out and that one did hurt coming out. I gotta day considering the width of the white part that sits in your belly I am surprised they do not stitch you after they pull the thing out of you. Thought it was weird but no one seems to get stitched. I can not wait to start scar therapy. Anyway girl I better get to bed hugs and thanks for the support sorry it took so long for me to send a message
I just wanted to say I just had the opportunity of looking at your pic snd your belly is sensational I wish I had a result like yours you do not have any stretch marks on your belly at all that is awesome and u look awesome!! My only hope is that when my swelling goes down that maybe my marks will move a bit lower. I really pray that happens I am still pretty swollen my dr is having me use wash cloths folded under my garment against my belly to help with the swelling. I am happy I did this and know once the healing process is complete everything will look much better!! I re read your comment to me about the support of my husband unfortunate he was never on board with me doing the surgery and it has caused a bit of tension just today we argued about it he just does not get it and understand I carried 5 babies and frankly deserved it as any mom who was unfortunate to get an ugly belly after having there miracles!! Anyway thanks again Monday I had my first drain out so weird and glad to have out the one on my left was really bothering me. Thursday my dr took the 2nd one out and that one did hurt coming out. I gotta day considering the width of the white part that sits in your belly I am surprised they do not stitch you after they pull the thing out of you. Thought it was weird but no one seems to get stitched. I can not wait to start scar therapy. Anyway girl I better get to bed hugs and thanks for the support sorry it took so long for me to send a message
Thank you so much I do have to keep that in mind I appreciate you writing me this because of course I look at myself and I am like is this is it and you are correct it's not everything in time thank you for bring me back to planet earth. Going to keep my feet up many hugs thanks from the bottom of my heart ;)

Wow this week was tough but really great too!!

So Monday was a great day in since 1 of my drains were removed Yay!! The left one was removed and this was the one that was really bothering me it hurt and the stitches were pinching me all the time and with the garment on it was causing pain. My right drain no problem did not bother me at all with the garment on no pinching nothing. Still was a pain in the ass in other ways and you girls know what I am talking about!!! Anyway when I went Monday my Dr. His name is Dr. Anup Patel I have 2 doc worked as a team Dr. Pearsing chief of plastics at Yale. Anyway my appts are with both but I do spend more time with Dr. Anup Patel he is awesome so is Pearsing I mean obviously he is the Chief let me tell you super sweet kind and very gentle amazing bedside manner!! So now about mDr. Patel also absolute sweetheart I can not say enough good things about him he is a gem also very kind and gentle ans so sweet and here is the kicker he is soooooo hot he is adorable and just incredibly good looking so I tend to get a little nervous with both but with him maybe a little more because he is so damn handsome!! So you know how it is your clothes are off you are wear that god awful gown and i do not know about you ladies but I am completely exposed not bra but my private area no undies so gown goes open he examines me thoroughly so it's a little nerve tacking and I feel like that even if they are not handsome. Anyway he took a Loki said things are healing as they should however he and dr Pearsing felt I still had fluid in my abdomen that he gelt by roughing me there obviously so the 2nd drain could not be removed however I could have kissed them both because they allowed me to start showering. I was forbidden since surgery until drain would be removed his as made clear prior to surgery they have a very conservative approach there. Anyway 1 drain out they said ok I was so thrilled and took the longest shower when I arrived back at home. While I was there both doc are having me add extra compression on my tummy and belly button area they gave me a bunch of thick baize until I could get to the store to purchase wash cloths small ones the ones used for washing your face. I used the gauze until I would have a chance to get to walmart to purchase wash cloths I am going to sleep now so will finish this longs ass update tomorrow to finish telling u about the rest of the week g-nite

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18 days post op and still have pain wtf!!! Not excruciating but enough.

So obviously since I was updating sooooo late last night you see I made a lot of mistakes poor spelling hopefully you gals understood. Anyway I woke up this morning an my entire left side under my breast the entire side finger to the middle I between the girls hurt like hell I know it was the muscle pain and to be honest I have not experienced any pain like this to this extreme

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Finishing my update for the week hit update button by accident

Anyway after the left drain was removed I was having some sharp pains where drains were located inside my belly not anything crazy but strange so I asked my dr the hottie we email or speak on a daily basis still even 18 days out!! Anyway he said what those sharp pains are is your nerves regenerating in the area and that's what causes the sharp pains. I find it fascinating the way the body heals! So that was Tuesday the day after when he was checking on me so Wednesday when we spoked we discussed possibly taking the right drain out the following day I was still. Having some

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Hit button again wtf!!' So sorry

I was still having some fluid output that I thought was a decent amount but it really was not so he said he would give me a call Thursday am to come in that day to have removed. Mcdreamy called me Thursday in the am and asked if I could come into have the drain removed at 4:15 no problem. It was great when I arrived it was the end of the day so I was the only patient there it was so cool the secretary said just walk in and Dr was right there he took me into the room I got unfersee

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Seriously again sorry but seriously what the hell is wrong with me!!

So in the room I got undressed and he came back in took a look at my healing said it was looking really good. Then came the drain removal holy shit this time it hurt coming out not pleasant not like it's suppose

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Again

Not that it is suppose to be pleasant when removed but this one hurt like a bitch so I must have just been more sensitive on this side of my belly. When the left one came out on Monday it pinched and when completely out the the hole hurt slightly that was all. This left one was pain all around once he got to the thick wh

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Omg this has never happened to me I am an idiot or maybe it's the site

The left one was pain all around once he got to the thick white part that stays in the belly and once out the hole hurt a lot as well. So after I left I was so relieved to have the last drain removed it's a relief even if you feel some pain such freedom and nothing annoyingly attached to you and emptying yucky stuff out. So it's awesome to have them out I had the right one in for over 2 weeks just 1 extra day over the 2 weeks but still and the left one for almost 2 weeks. I do not understand why some lucky ladies get them out after 3 days or just a lot less time. My mom had a TT 27 years ago and even she only had them in for 3 days. So of course I got a bunch of opinions and other things love my mom but it just seems at times she feels she knows more than the drs do Lol!!! Love her to pieces her support has been great unfortunately has only been on the phone because I live in CT and she is in miami beach where I am from born and raised!! The nice thing is I do go every summer and spend 5-6 weeks on the beach and get to spend incredible quality time with my mommy and my sister she is awesome too she has been a godsend as well but also in miami damnit I miss them and adore them any way happy healing ladies so sorry for all the long posts!!

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18 days post op

Swollen

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Hang in there girl! I do see some swelling but that WILL go away! If you compare before & after pics, it's an amazing difference! Give it time, but you're looking great!!
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You look so good mama! The last pics you can't even see stretch marks! I've been noticing more on me the more I look.
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Thanks sweetie that means a lot!!! I am going to try to post more when I get over the hump of my mistake this week I carried groceries and caused myself a lot of pain not sure if I told u or not cuz of the drugs lol!!! I will post hopefully between now and next week keep resting and healing na d lots of hugs!!

Swelling and Jeans

I have an obsession with jeans I am going to add a pic of my closet I know u are all going tot think I am crazy. I tried on 1 of my favorite pairs could not get them over my hips I am a size 26 so I tried on a 27 went up high enough to be able to close but there was 2 1/2 inches between the button and the closure. All of my jeans with the exception of the 1 27 I have are 26's. I have what I call a fat pair of jeans same thing did not fit!!! Please please tell me it is the swelling and in a few months I will fit into my jeans. This will kill me!! I hope you all can help and tell me to chill and they will fit it's just going to take a few months. My PS is having me use terry cloth cuz I have too much swelling just to give an idea.. :( Help please tell me I am crazy!!!

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Thanks I tried on my jeans like an ass and freaked out when I could not get them over my hips please tell me it's the swelling? I do not plan on wearing any for a while anyway until swelling is all gone I have read and heard that you should not wear them anyway to mess up with the contour while it's doing it's work getting smaller and more contour. SO believe me I know I need to stop I just love my jeans and want to fit into them again ;)
You look awesome!!! You are also very beautiful!!!

Ugggggg

So swollen over 3 weeks PO and in pain needed help to get out of bed in the am today what is going on is it the residual effects of me carrying groceries like an ass last Tuesday????? Posting pick of belly

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Photo of swelling

I should have taken it standing I feel like I about 4 months pregnant!!!

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Hey I hope your doing better. The swelling is the pits. I have to say it takes a long time for your body to adjust. Please be patient and don't get discouraged. I had my TT in December but still have a little swelling. Take tour pain meds and rest is the best thing to do. Keep us updated and good luck
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How are you? Hope you're taking it easy and do take the pain meds when you need them. Try not to worry too much, you didn't hurt anything and swelling is normal. happy healing!
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Thank u!!!! You are so sweet I think I upturned a corner yesterday no Moore pain meds and they will not give me any and it's hard to take Motrin u still have pain uggggg!!! At least like u said no damage!!! Happy healing to u too ;)

7 1/2 weeks PO

Sorry it's taken me so long to do an update my household has been insane trying to get my daughters medical stuff under control and realizing it's going to take a long time!!! Anyway happy with my belly not 100% happy because I stayed with stretch marks and I really wanted to wear a bikini I guess I need to try some on and see. Love the way my clothes fit!! Anyway it was a very hard recovery for me because I hurt myself and the female surgeon I saw when I was almost 3 weeks post op and pushed my 72 pound son in a cart I asked her about my stretch marks snd she said unfortunately all of them almost never gone. I asked her if she was me would she wear a bikini she said hell yes so I hope I look good with one I just am trying do hard to get past the marks and I can not :( anyway still gave no regrets because I look 100% better than I did but I guess I wanted perfection and that just does not exist!!! Would be great if they could figure out a way to get rid of all the marks I hope everyone is well I am sooooo happy my pain is gone!!!!

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Dr. Pearsing & Dr. Patel

Both surgeons were absolutely amazing and kind great bedside manner. Explaining everything in detail the 2 night before. I was extremely nervous and then when I received the phone call nerves went away I was not even scared walking to the OR and laying on the table it went perfectly and in a few months my old implant is coming out with lift and silicone instead of the saline I have and I will go smaller I am way too big dd after my 5 kids I did not think that round happen so I want to be a full C in proportion with my body and when I do that I will be a shiny new Mercedes Yay got get thru thus first!!!!

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